Research directions in reflective middleware: The Lancaster experience

Gordon S. Blair, Geoff Coulson, Paul Grace

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


    In this paper, we survey three generation of reflective middleware research carried out at Lancaster University, present experiences gained from this research, and highlight a number of important areas of future research. In particular, we discuss the extension of our reflective middleware ideas in terms of both depth and breadth. The depth extension applies reflective middleware principles to systems that lie beneath the traditional middleware domain: e.g. operating systems and networks. The breadth extension then applies the principles in a much broader range of application areas than those traditionally considered in reflective middleware research. These include reflective middleware for Grid computing and for sentient-object-based real-time control systems. We also briefly consider future work in applying our approach to the development of self-managing systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM '04
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
    Event3rd Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM '04 - Toronto, ON, Canada
    Duration: 19 Oct 200419 Oct 2004

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


    Conference3rd Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM '04
    CityToronto, ON


    • Autonomic computing
    • Case studies
    • Deep middleware
    • Multi-model approach
    • Reflective middleware


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